- 100% Pinot Noir
Founded in 1997 by Phil Sexton, Innocent Bystander is a Yarra Valley based estate producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay alongside Pinot Gris and cool climate Syrah. Located in Healesville, the winery is an exercise in function over form, much like the strongly expressed views of its owners and winemaking team: “Make great wine for drinking and enjoying; not crowing over”. Innocent Bystander wines are an expression of pure regional varietal wines which reflect the soil, climate and topography of the cool climate Yarra Valley.
Fruit comes from vineyards that span the Yarra from Paul’s Range at Dixons Creek in the north across to Bastard Hill in the very cool southern Upper Yarra, chosen in particular for their high diurnal temperature range, resulting in wines with high natural acidity and low pH. Yields are less than seven tonnes per hectare.